General Surgery

General Surgery

General surgery is the assessment and treatment (which may or may not include surgery) of a wide range of conditions in a person’s abdomen, neck, skin, breast and soft tissue.

General Surgery service has a district-wide model of care, focusing on surgery at Waikato and Thames hospitals with visiting services provided to Te Kuiti, Taumarunui and Tokoroa hospitals. It also provides a comprehensive tertiary service to the Midland health region.


General surgery is part of Waikato Hospital's Surgical Services cluster.
General surgery has consultants who are recognised leaders in the following specialties:

  • Breast/endocrine
  • Hepatobiliary/pancreatic/UGI
  • Colorectal
  • Trauma

Services provided to the Midland health region include

  • liver resection
  • complex laparoscopic surgery
  • surgery for conditions of the large bowel
  • advanced endocrine surgery
  • mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery are performed as combined cases with plastic surgery. 


Waikato Hospital

  • Ward M12 General Surgery, Level 2, Menzies Building
  • Ward M2 General Surgery, Level 2, Menzies Building
  • General Surgery Clinic, Reception B, Level 1, Meade Clinical Centre
  • Ward E4, Waikids Surgery, Level 4, Elizabeth Rothwell Building (with Paediatrics)

Thames Hospital

Visiting services to Te Kuiti, Taumarunui and Tokoroa hospitals

Contact information

Waikato Hospital Operator: (07) 839 8899 for all services and departments

Referral information

Referrals are by general practitioners (GPs) or other health specialists including Emergency Department doctors.

Non-acute (non-urgent) referrals will initially be seen at a General Surgery Clinic.